WESTFIELD, NJ — The junior track star has been staying active and motivated while away from practices because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After a standout indoor season this past winter, Isabel Boufarah qualified for the NJ Meet of Champions and the Distance Medley Relay, which was recognized as a top five race by the New Balance Scholastic Organization. Boufarah is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week.

“I was able to hit some good 1600 times this winter, which will definitely be helpful. I know I could have run faster this spring, so I’m disappointed to miss it,” Boufarah said. “Junior year is an important year for recruiting but I’m thankful that I had a successful winter season and I know I’m in a good spot.”

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Although all meets and practices were canceled, Boufarah and her teammates are staying connected and ready, with hopes of salvaging part of their spring season. Coach Joe Berardi has been posting workouts on Google Classroom for all the distance runners.

“They have been tested throughout their careers, and now they’re being tested in a way that they never thought they would be,” Berardi said. “They’re a resilient group, and hopefully this only strengthens them as student athletes going forward.”

While at home, Boufarah has been running a variety of workouts. That includes one 65-minute long run per week. She has also been running 400s on the track at Roosevelt Intermediate School.

“The distance runners are lucky because we can get most of the same training in that we would have anyway,” Boufarah said. “Although it’s hard not having a track, we only would have used it a couple of times a week, but the sprinters use it every day during the season.”

Boufarah has been running six days per week, which is what the team does during the season. She hopes to come back this year to run for Westfield High School again.

Michael Siroty is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield. 

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